Jennifer Barnes

The Ranch 4.0 Launches for Quick Fitness Fix

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Discover how this results-oriented wellness retreat gives guests a reboot
End of summer holidays often mean excess, too much sun, food, and drinks, but The Ranch at Live Oak (Malibu, CA) is offering a four-day detox option to get guests back on track. The Ranch 4.0, launched this month, is a condensed version of the signature weeklong stay available Friday through Monday for a long weekend. Guests receive diagnostic testing,...

Seaside Skincare Ingredients

Discover powerful skincare ingredients from the sea
Today I’m scrambling to organize a daytrip to the beach because, once again, Labor Day Weekend has snuck up on me. I can’t wait to hear the sound of crashing waves, smell the sweet, salty air, and feel the sand between my toes. What’s more, we all have another reason to spend a day on the shore, where some of...

Research Supporting Safety of UV Lamps Expands

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Photochemistry and Photobiology journal research proves UV lamps’ safety.
Nail techs and clients alike can breathe a sigh of relief after a study confirmed the safety of UV nail lamps. Earlier this week the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety (NMC) announced its support for the latest independent, peer-reviewed study demonstrating that the UV lamps commonly used for hardening gel nail polish are safe and do...

Study Reveals Link Between Eating Fruits and Vegetables and Attractive Skin

Discover the skin benefits of a diet filled with fruit and vegetables
The last few weeks, I’ve been giving the juicing craze a shot. I couldn’t give up chewing entirely to undertake a full cleanse, but am enjoying the extra boost from a veggie-packed homemade green juice daily. Even better, I’ve learned I may reap more benefits on my skin from the increased produce intake. A recent study conducted at the University...

Lapis Spa Collaborates With Local Yoga Studio

Discover the benefits of partnering with local businesses
Your spa’s success is not limited to new and improved programs, but partnering with local wellness businesses can attract clients in waves. Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach (FL) is celebrating National Yoga Month by teaming up with Green Monkey yoga studio to launch Tribe (from $25 each), a special yoga class. It is a unique experience where four different...

Treatments Under the Tuscan Sun

Discover a new men’s treatment offered at a Tuscan resort
As spa professionals you are well aware that men compose a growing part of your business and deserve specialty services customized for their skin woes. At Adler Thermae Spa and Resort (Siena, Italy) nearly half of the guests are men who come in for stress-relieving offerings and male skincare solutions. The spa has added a new package to better cater...

Conrad Miami Offers Guests a New Vacation Identity

Discover how one beach spa lets guests express a new personality
Guests visiting your spa can be whoever they’d like to be while on vacation. Generally that means simply relaxed and pampered, but for spa-goers at the Conrad Miami there a few more options. Beginning Sept. 1 and extending through the end of the year, the hotel is offering three themed packages to let visitors take on a new persona during...

Smartphone Photography Dos and Don’ts

Follow these simple tips to take the most flattering pics
When a photo-op presents itself, what’s your natural reaction? For many, myself included, the answer is pull out the smartphone and click away. Those snaps may not capture the moment as well as they could though. Chris Schoenbohm, co-founder of Viewfinder , a new app that helps organize smartphone photos, shared a few tips to improve shots—follow these to capture...

Mandarin Oriental Gets Creative with Gift Cards

Discover how one resort's gift card offering makes birthdays extra special
Today the American Spa staff is saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to our editor in chief and publisher Julie Keller Callaghan—though she’s busy running the magazine so we’ll have to celebrate properly later this week. Birthdays present a wonderful reason to spend time with friends, family, and even enjoy a bit of pampering. It’s a no brainer that spa gift cards are...

Get Pampered on National Relaxation Day

Discover at-home products to celebrate this summer holiday
Before the hustle and bustle of a busy weekend running the spa, you have an excuse to indulge: today is National Relaxation Day. It’s a perfect day to squeeze in a bit of pampering. Here are a few at-home products to help get started: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids to gently remove...